Comment on SEND deficits

ADCS Vice President Charlotte Ramsden said:

“ADCS welcomes the recognition that LAs need additional financial support to manage the demands on high needs budgets. However, without fundamental reform the pressures will remain and are likely to increase; many LAs now report both in-year and cumulative deficits. The impact of the pandemic and national lockdown will further add to these pressures, yet we already face an estimated SEND funding gap of £1.6 billion this year.

“The underpinning principles of the SEND reforms are the right ones but there are a number of perverse incentives in the system which have resulted in a shift to more specialist provision. We await the publication of the Department for Education’s SEND Review and hope this will address this head on, reaffirming the importance of an inclusive education system, where children are educated in the most appropriate setting, as close to home as possible.”


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